HK watchdog seeks ban on directors of China’s Hanergy

Controversial Chinese solar energy firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is facing a legal bid by Hong Kong’s securities watchdog that seeks to ban its directors for up to 15 years. That drop wiped $19 billion off Hanergy’s market capitalisation, prompting a trading suspension on its shares since May 2015. The SFC statement said the directors also failed to recover “receivables” and “did not act in Hanergy’s best interest”. The meteoric rise in share price once gave Li the title of China’s richest man, according to one wealth survey. The collapse of Hanergy and some other top-performing stocks in the southern Chinese city’s stock market had prompted critics to question the regulators’ oversight.

January 24, 2017 05:52 UTC

Three eighth standard students have gone missing in Chaugaccha

The three teenagers were students at Shahadat Pilot Middle School, said Chaugaccha Police Station SI Anwarul Alam. The three missing boys are Ashraful Islam Shaon from Chaugaccha’s Thanaparha, Ashraful Islam from West Karigarparha, and Tanvir Ahmed Tonmoy from Bakparha. “An initial inquiry found that the boys’ clothes and some money were also missing,” SI Anwarul told Some of Shaon’s shirts, pants and winter clothes were missing, he said. “I learned Ashraful and Tonmoy were missing when I began to ask Shaon’s friends and classmates about his whereabouts,” his father said.

January 24, 2017 05:51 UTC

Ethics lawyers sue Trump over foreign payments

According to the plaintiffs, Trump's properties have created "countless" conflicts of interest and constitute a "serious threat" to the United States. The suit contends that Trump is violating a constitutional clause prohibiting public officials from receiving emoluments from foreign governments and asks the court to issue a ruling on the matter. The plaintiffs contend that the clause covers income from renting office space in Trump Tower to a Chinese government bank and the Abu Dhabi tourism office, EFE news added. Trump has promised to donate any profits his companies make from foreign governments using his hotels to the US Treasury. Trump, meanwhile, on Monday said the lawsuit is "totally without merit."

January 24, 2017 05:38 UTC

Appeals court to decide future of California carbon auctions

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January 24, 2017 05:37 UTC

Trump makes move on restricting abortions

The rule, which affects American non-governmental organizations working abroad, is one that incoming presidents have used to signal their positions on abortion rights. Trump, an abortion opponent, signed the reinstatement directive at a ceremony in the White House on his fourth day in office. Former President Barack Obama had lifted the gag rule in 2009 when he took office. “The global gag rule has been associated with an increase in unsafe abortions and we expect that Trump’s global gag rule will cost women their lives,” she said. “Life-saving global health funding should not be a political football,” said Ann Starrs, head of the Guttmacher Institute, a leading reproductive rights group.

January 24, 2017 05:32 UTC

9:45 p.m. update: Heavy snow continues; Daily Sun print deliveries may be delayed

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January 24, 2017 04:50 UTC

US Senate confirms Pompeo to be Trump's CIA director

Sixty-six senators backed Pompeo and 32 voted against. All the opposition was from Democrats, except for Senator Rand Paul, a leading Republican advocate for strict control of surveillance. In response to written questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, Pompeo said he was open to changing policy under certain circumstances. He accused Pompeo of having proposed "the most sweeping new surveillance program I have ever heard of." Paul wrote in an op-ed: "I voted against the new CIA Director because I worry that his desire for security will trump his defense of liberty."

January 24, 2017 04:47 UTC

US Senate panel clears Tillerson as secretary of state

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 to approve Tillerson, with every Republican backing the former oil executive and every Democrat opposing him. Tillerson's confirmation by the 100-member Senate, where Republicans hold 52 seats, is not expected before next week. Rubio's backing had been in doubt after his tough questioning during Tillerson's confirmation hearing, focusing on issues including concerns about Tillerson's support for human rights. The Senate confirmed only two of Trump's Cabinet nominees on Friday, his Inauguration Day, a relatively low number among recent presidencies. Instead, they have used Senate rules to slow the confirmation of nominees they say hold extreme views, are unqualified or have not completed ethics disclosures.

January 24, 2017 04:32 UTC

Yahoo delays sale of core business

Yahoo said Monday its $4.8 billion deal to sell its core internet assets to US telecom titan Verizon has been delayed several months. It admitted another cyber attack in December, this one dating from 2013, affecting more than a billion users. “The bigger things are the breaches; those have Verizon reconsidering the deal,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group told AFP. Mayer will quit the company’s board after its merger with Verizon, according to an SEC filing, though she is expected to remain with the core Yahoo business. Yahoo is selling its main operating business as a way to separate that from its more valuable stake in Chinese internet giant Alibaba.

January 24, 2017 04:30 UTC

Crowd controversy: the making of an Inauguration Day photo

People attend inauguration ceremonies for US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC. ReutersOne image was Trump's inauguration on Friday, taken by Jackson just as Trump took the oath of office, Jackson said. People attend inauguration ceremonies for US President Barack Obama in Washington, DC. Washington's city government estimated 1.8 million people attended President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, making it the largest gathering ever on the Mall. Washington’s Metro subway system said 193,000 users had entered the system by 11 am on Friday, compared with 513,000 at that time during Obama's 2009 inauguration.

January 24, 2017 04:29 UTC

Mother, child killed in Panchagarh road accident

A woman and her infant son died while her husband got severely injured in a road accident in Amarkhana area of Panchagarh sadar upazila on Monday night. The deceased are Jayanti Rani, 28, wife of Shitendranath Roy of Putimari area of Boda upazila in Panchagarh and their one and a half year old son Narayan. Police quoting the relatives of the deceased said the motorcycle carrying Shitendranath, 38, his wife and son was found overturned on the Tetulia-Panchagarh highway while going toward Panchagarh at around 10pm. Jayanti and Narayan died on the spot while Shitendranath was found severely injured. Police rushed Shitendranath to Panchagarh Sadar Modern Hospital.

January 24, 2017 04:24 UTC

Ban lifted on 'jallikattu' events to end mass protests in Tamil Nadu

Hours before the state government lifted the ban, police firing tear gas clashed with stone-throwing protesters who were demanding the resumption of jallikattu bullfights, in which men wrestle with rampaging bulls. We urge the protesters to go back home immediately," said senior police officer PKKannan in Chennai, Tamil Nadu's capital. ReutersThousands of people had taken part in a week of protests, which also hit the state's auto industry. Animal rights activists say the tradition is cruel and have urged the government to keep the ban in place. Many in Tamil Nadu say it forms an important part of the Pongal harvest festival, which some Hindus celebrate after the winter solstice.

January 24, 2017 04:20 UTC

Comedian Stephen Colbert to host Emmys

Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in September, organizers announced on Monday. “Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents,” Jack Sussman-a top executive at CBS television, whch also is home to Colbert’s “Late Show”-said in a statement. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. In September 2015, Colbert replaced late night legend David Letterman as host of “The Late Show.” Before that, he had spent nine years on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” where he played a conservative talking head. Last year’s Emmys, which honor the best in US television, were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, another late night host.

January 24, 2017 04:17 UTC

Woody Harrelson jokes about new role in Star Wars spinoff

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January 24, 2017 04:11 UTC

2 Bangladeshi militant suspects arrested in Malaysia

Malaysian police arrested four suspected members of Syria-based IS militant group, including two Bangladeshis recently, reports the New Strait Times. The four were arrested in a series of raids between January 13 and 19 in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah. Dr Mahmud was a former Universiti Malaya lecturer who had joined IS militants based in the southern Philippines. The second suspect, meanwhile, is a 27-year-old Malaysian woman, who was arrested together in Kota Kinabalu with the Filipino man. The third and fourth suspects, both Bangladeshis aged 27 and 28, worked as salesman, and were arrested last Thursday in Kuala Lumpur.

January 24, 2017 03:53 UTC

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